Texas boaters tormented by frustrations regularly faced at crowded (and not-so-crowded) boat launches got a bit of encouraging news this past week when Ford Motor Company announced a new option will be available on its 2016 F-150 trucks: Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a feature that ties together the truck's rear camera, sensors, electronic steering system and computer, allowing the vehicle to self-back a trailer. A driver in a truck equipped with the new system won't have to even touch the steering wheel to back a trailer- just engage the system, watch the camera screen on the dashboard and use an adjacent knob to guide the trailer. With Memorial Day Weekend marking the unofficial start of "boating season" across Texas, here are some suggestions offered to make things go much smoother at busy ramps: [...] it's common, especially early in the boating season when folks are taking their vessels out for the first time in months, to encounter boaters who back their trailered boat down a ramp, hit the key and find the battery dead or the engine won't start. Backing a trailer down a ramp, stopping, then spending 10 minutes loading the boat is a sure way to get dirty looks, a few harsh words and maybe worse. Before approaching the ramp to back down and launch, stop in the parking area or in the line of boats waiting to launch, transfer gear - fishing tackle, ice chests, etc. - to the boat, put the drain plug in, remove the tie-down straps, put the drain plug in, check life jackets and other safety gear, put the drain plug in and otherwise prep the boat so that it's ready to be launched. Back down the ramp, get the boat on the trailer, then move to the parking lot to unload gear, install the tie-down straps, pull the drain plug and otherwise prepare the boat for the trip home. If you know how to back your boat trailer and the person (spouse or friend) with you doesn't, back the rig to the water's edge where all the ot
Review one lawyer's fight vs. Harris County probation officials.
A 23-year-old Willis man was killed early Saturday after he was struck by a locomotive as he lay on railroad tracks in Montgomery County. Montgomery County court records indicate Schuck was assessed a $1,500 fine plus court costs in January after pleading guilty to a charge of resisting arrest, search or transport, a Class A misdemeanor.
AUSTIN - Texas Republicans are planning to force another vote Sunday on a controversial proposal to eliminate a provision allowing late-term abortions when the fetus has been found to have a severe abnormality that could make survival unlikely. An amendment filed Saturday by state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, would force discussion on the proposal as part of a debate scheduled for Sunday on a bill to restructure the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. [...] he said he would consider pulling it down if the House takes up another anti-abortion measure, Senate Bill 575, to ban all insurance companies in Texas - even private insurers - from covering the procedure.
Head 27/27 duisl ut lam on ip enibh el ing eumsan henit vullamet agd ero nullandreAmid break in week's heavy rainstorms, Chesney shines like beach vacation sun The stars seemed to align, literally, for Kenny Chesney's Friday night revival at BBVA Compass Stadium. The rain that drenched Houston much of the week and is expected this weekend took pause for the country superstar's energetic beach and beer anthems. Chesney took the stage in his signature straw hat, sleeveless shirt and perma-tan. The acoustics at BBVA Compass Stadium, however, aren't ideal for a concert.